Lonely Planet Writer

Two ice climbers make it to the top of frozen Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls.
Horseshoe Falls straddling the US/Canadian border. Image by Anupam_ts / CC BY-SA 2.0

Two Canadian ice climbers have become the first people to climb Niagara Falls. Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken made the climb on Tuesday, ascending a strip of ice formed from frozen spray next to Horseshoe Falls, the largest of Niagara’s three major waterfalls.

Horseshoe Falls rises to a height of 150ft and stretches in a U-shape for 2,200ft, straddling the border between Canada and the United States. It is considered by many to be the most powerful waterfall in the world.

‘The power of the falls is staggering’, Gadd said after making it to the top,‘it vibrates your intestines and makes you feel very, very small’. Gadd led the climb, with his partner Hueniken getting delayed by falling chunks of ice. Hueniken had to make shelter in a cave part way up for several hours before continuing. Hueniken grew up just 20 miles from the falls and was met by her father as she emerged over the lip of the ice face. Read more: nationalgeographic.com